On the Radar: July 1, 2010

Kagan approval seems sure after hearings    
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY  
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan finished two long days of Senate questioning on Wednesday, appearing headed to confirmation as the fourth female justice in history.  Continue reading

Confirmed: Hearings Aren't Pleasing Anybody  
By Naftali Bendavid and Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal 
With Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court seemingly in the bag, frustrated senators from both parties turned their fire on the hearing process itself.  Continue reading...  

Political rhetoric gets a hearing     
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times      
Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing gave both parties a chance to broadcast their views, with the GOP radical, cohesive and fierce; the Democrats, scattered, diverse and only occasionally fierce.   Continue Reading...

Boehner defends criticism of financial overhaul as excessive 
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post    
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) fired back at the White House Wednesday, arguing that "they're the ones who are out of touch" with the American people while defending his critique of the financial regulatory reform bill as excessive regulation. Continue Reading...

Despite Arrests, Working to Rebuild Russia Ties  
By Peter Baker, The New York Times   
They doffed their jackets and bonded over burgers, talking about everything from trade and geopolitics to their families. Everything, that is, except the spies that the government of one had hidden in a house just a few miles away and that the government of the other was about to arrest. Continue Reading...

Conservatives use Pelosi as face of liberalism in campaign ads  
By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post    
Beware! Nancy Pelosi is a colossal tax-dollar-engorged monster who ravages small towns and must be brought down by Republican ray guns. Or at least that is what a cartoon version of the House speaker looked like in "Attack of the 50-Foot Pelosi," a television ad that a conservative group called Right Change aired in Pennsylvania last month.  Continue Reading...

Sen. Robert Byrd's vanished ethic 
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post           
The paradox of Robert C. Byrd's life -- and the reason his death was recognized by his Senate colleagues as so significant a milestone -- is the balance he struck between the parochial and the profound.  Continue Reading..

Posted: Thu, 07/01/2010 - 9:14am